Bandai 1/72 VF-1S Valkyrie
Robotech (Macross in Japan) was my favorite cartoon to watch when I was a kid. It was different then anything else I had seen before it: GI Joe, Transformers, whatever. For the first time, I saw a cartoon that was actually somewhat realistic (at least in my 9 year old mind!) and it had actual storyline and character development, with actions and consequences, and they even killed off main characters. It was like a soap opera for kids! I watched it religiously and it has always held a place in my boyish heart...
This is a kit that I have been holding onto since 1999. I finally got to start on it earlier this year and here is the result. It was meant to be a transformable kit, but as it turns out it wasn't very well engineered. The fit was less than stellar and the parts were flimsy when I transformed it to Battloid mode. Alas, I would not be playing with this one and making explosion noises once it was complete...
I happen to have an old Transformers Jetfire toy on my desk (Transformer's rip-off of Robotech's Veritech fighter) and it is in Battloid mode, as well as a Macross VF-1 imported from Japan that I have posed in Guardian mode, so I was ok with having this model stay in fighter mode.
Built mostly out of the box except for a resin K-36 Russian ejection seat that I had in my spares box, and some scrap photoetch that I added to the flat surfaces on the tail module to give it some added detail. I deviated from the kit instructions calling for a overall white main color, and painted it camouflage grey instead. I also painted the yellow trim instead of using the decals so that my yellows would all match, and I weathered it with pastels, water colors, a silver pencil and dry-brushed silver enamel. The kit decals went on smoothly using micro sol decal solution.
This is the 5th model I have managed to complete this year. It did not come out as grand as I had originally planned, but that's ok. It still starts conversations and brings back fun memories from way back in my childhood, and it looks cool enough sitting on my desk!